A besotted groom has promised to make the most of each day he has left with his partner in an emotional vow renewal ceremony, following a devastating cancer diagnosis.
The ceremony saw the couple celebrate the happy times they've had in their 28 years together and vow to cherish the time they have left.
Groom David Steele was recently told he could have just months to live after terminal prostate cancer robbed him of the ability to walk, Chronicle Live reported.
The diagnosis came as a blow for the 53-year-old and his partner, Stephen Downham, who he met while working for the same airline.
David is currently staying at St Oswald's Hospice, in Gosforth , where staff suggested the ceremony as a way to give the pair something positive to focus on, as well as bringing their loved ones all together for what is likely to be the final time with David.
Stephen, 64, joined hands with David during the ceremony which managed to be filled with joy, despite the heartbreaking circumstances.
"I promise to be grateful for every day we have together, he told David during the ceremony.
"I promise to make you as happy as I can every day. I promise that when I've gone, although I don't know what lies beyond, I will do everything possible to be at your side and to continue to give you everything I've got," David replied.
The couple hope to return to their Wallsend home soon, once care for David is arranged, but say they've enjoyed their stay at the hospice, which David described as "more like a boutique hotel".
Conducting the ceremony, St Oswald’s spiritual care lead Davina Radford joined the couple's hands, telling them: "These are the hands of your best friend and your soulmate".
"These are the hands that reached out to you all those years ago, and still today reach out to find yours."
Taking place in front of a packed crowd of wellwishers, the ceremony was a contrast to the quiet occasion they chose when they first tied the knot, 13 years ago.
And, David said, this time it was even more special.
"It feels 100 times better doing it the second time around," he said.
"Unfortunately as our time is limited it's probably got even more depth and commitment this time, but it's just been an absolutely amazing day."
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